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How To Make Eco Friendly Board Wax

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tips and ideas to making your first batch of eco friendly surf wax

"YES" you can wax your Handboard! In fact, that was kind of what we had in mind all along for grip on our boards. It is good to keep your board waxed or, as I am sure you have found out, it can get quiet slippery when there is no grip.  Try our Kung-Fu grip.

Waxing a handboard has, to me, something methodical and somewhat relaxing about it. I love taking the old wax off my board and replacing it. So we thought we would show you how to make your own wax, which is an equally awesome undertaking.  The process is the same as making wax for your surfboar, but we are a handboard company, so that is what we make it for.  It is a fun process, so get a beer, set some time aside and get down to it. 


Top Tip

Make sure you have everything before you start. If you are, like me, a bull in china shop, you will come unstuck and have hard wax everywhere.  Just a warning!


Eco-friendly organic surf wax ingredients:


Advised and Optional ingredients

  1. Rubber gloves: Available just about anywhere
  2. Scent: Most can be bought at a chemist.
  3. Dye: Food coloring will do too.
  4. One large pot: (don't use your mothers best pot) 
  5. Smaller container: (to place ingredients into)
  6. Old Newspaper: (to put down as protection)
  7. Molds: Old paper coffee cups are perfect, as you can tear them up after. 

Top Tip

make sure you have all of your ingredients at hand, before you start and try not to skip any steps.  


Decide on Eco Friendly cold water or Warm water wax

The process is the same apart from the added ingredient of tree resin in cold water eco wax, but you will have to make separate batches for both. If you use cold water wax in warm it will flake off and vice versa.


making Warm water wax

Wax Ingredient Ratios "Warm Water"

  • 2.25 grams of bee's wax
  • 750 ml of coconut oil 

Directions

remember to melt down wax is to boil in water.

 All you need is bee's wax and coconut oil.  The scents for these will already smell awesome, so no need for extra smell and you can put in color. 

  1. place all of the ingredients into the bowl.  Pre-heat the water and place the container with the wax ingredients into the water. 
  2. Stir, stir and then stir some more.  When it melts down to a liquid, remove it from the burner.
  3. Like with the regular wax, pour into the molds you have prepared and leave the wax to dry for about 3-4 hours or more. They are ready to use once they are hard.


making cold water wax

Wax Ingredient Ratios "Cold Water"

  • 3 parts bee's wax 
  • 1 part coconut Oil
  • 1 part tree resin

Directions

Directions for making the cold water are identical to the warm water wax apart fro the extra added ingredient of tree resin

remember to melt down wax is to boil in water.

 All you need is bee's wax and coconut oil.  The scents for these will already smell awesome, so no need for extra smell and you can put in color. 

  1. place all of the ingredients into the bowl.  Pre-heat the water and place the container with the wax ingredients into the water. 
  2. Stir, stir and then stir some more.  When it melts down to a liquid, remove it from the burner.
  3. Like with the regular wax, pour into the molds you have prepared and leave the wax to dry for about 3-4 hours or more. They are ready to use once they are hard.

Final thoughts and tips

It can be a lot more time consuming and expensive than your average bar of wax bought over the counter at your local surf store.  However, it's a fun process with friends or by yourself, and you get to be a lot more conscious of the products you use.  If you are using the eco friendly method, your wax is completely 100% natural.  What a bonus!!!! Now, go make some. If you did not want to go to all the trouble, you could just place kung-fu grip on it. 

Surf, Surf, Surf ‘till you die.


Author: Steven Watts

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